Prayer is deeply personal. For many of us, it is a time where we lay our hearts bare before God in an attempt to draw closer to Him. As a result, it’s not always a space we wish to invite others into. In marriage, however, there should be times where you and your spouse petition God together. The list of benefits of praying with your spouse is long because even though it’s a deeply personal time, there’s a point to prayer. You get something out of it. When praying with your spouse, you get something out of it together.
Let’s dive in.
When you pray, it’s an opportunity to be vulnerable to the core. In your vulnerability with God, you share the things you fear most and seek His guidance. When praying together, your spouse gets to be a part of that. As a result, they get to share your fears and be an instrument of God’s peace.
Taking your pain to God is a big part of prayer. By including your spouse in the process, they learn the things that hurt you most and are able to share in your mourning.
When God answers prayer, you rejoice. Rejoicing with your spouse who has been on the spiritual battlefield with you makes God’s answer even more precious.
As a married couple, your relationship and life overall are full of needs and desires. When you go before God to express those needs as one, you walk away as a chord of three strands.
The lines of communication get busted wide open when you pray with your spouse. After sharing your heart with God, you and your spouse are able to talk to one another about the things that matter most. Your conversations get to move beyond the surface into a realm where only you two and God reside.
Be Intimate Together
There’s no getting vulnerable and humble without developing intimacy. Whether it’s spiritual intimacy, emotional intimacy, sexual intimacy, or all of the above, prayer will enhance it when the two of you walk and talk with God as a couple.
That prayer strengthens your faith is commonly accepted. But individually, we can grow weak and weary when attacks on our faith keep coming. Having your spouse in the midst of your prayers helps you two to face your weaknesses together and build your faith.
The Bible tells us that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. You know that a lion likes to separate the weak from the pack. When you and your spouse pray together, you also fight together. By staying by each other’s side in the spiritual battle, you help to keep each other vibrant and alive for God and His work. You also serve as God’s instrument of protection for your marriage and your family.
“What God has joined together, let no one separate.” This scripture from Mark 10:9 provides the ultimate look into the power of praying with your spouse. It is a scripture often read at wedding ceremonies. Unfortunately, it’s the only time many married couples face God together. But it wasn’t intended to be that way. By praying together, you ensure that no matter who or what comes your way, God’s favor will remain with you. Prayer unites your hearts, your minds, your souls, and your strength. When you and your spouse are united through God, your marriage will remain as strong as He intended.
Yes, there are so many benefits of praying with your spouse. But this is not an exhaustive list. If you want your marriage to succeed but you struggle with the idea of praying with your spouse, find a reason that works for you. Prayer is powerful, but praying with your spouse is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up.
BMWK, are you praying with your spouse?